Admission testing which includes English (Reading, Comprehension
Interview with both parents and student.n and Writing) and math.
Test results and former school records are used to assist in class placement and scheduling.
The following documents are required and must be completed and handed in for registration at the School’s Administration Office:
Transfer to Talaee Al-Noor International School at the High School Level from Non-American English Language Schools:
Any student from a non-American English Language school who wishes to be admitted at Talaee Al-Noor International School must, in addition, to the above-mentioned requirements for registration, also fulfill the following:
Denial of admission may be due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:
American Grade Level Requirements are as follow:
* A child should be the appropriate age by the 1st of September.
Student attendance is required of each student on all days and hours that school is in session. A student should make every effort not to miss school unless it is absolutely necessary. Being in school and participating in regularly scheduled classes is an integral part of education, and there is a direct relationship between poor attendance and poor academic standing. The ultimate responsibility for attendance is that of the student and the parent. If a student does not attend on a regular basis, it then becomes the school’s responsibility to report this student as truant. Attendance records are placed on report cards and remain in a student’s permanent file. College admissions offices and future employers use attendance records as a means of determining an applicant’s dependability and citizenship. These will follow a student for the rest of his/her life. Missing a school bus does not constitute a valid reason for the student to be absent for the entire school day. Absences due to transportation difficulties will be considered unexcused.
Between 8:00 am and 11:00 am on the day of the absence, parents MUST call the school (0553921111) to report the absence and the reason for it. Any student who has been absent needs to have a signed note from a parent before being readmitted to his /her classroom. Failure to comply will result in detention of the student. Family vacations or travel are not acceptable reasons for missing school and will be considered unexcused.
Absences will fall into the following categories—excused and unexcused. Definitions for each are as follows:
1. A student may be excused by his/her parent/guardian for any absence under 6 days for each quarter or under 24 (twenty-four) days in the school year. Students may be excused from attendance for reasons such as personal illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, prior permission from the school to attend school-related or approved activities, or other educational-related opportunities. Students with excused absences will be allowed to make up work.
B. Unexcused Absences:
1. Each absence over 6 days for each quarter, or 24 days in the school year WITHOUT A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FROM A LICENSED PHYSICIAN OR APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL.
2. Students suspended or expelled from school.
3. These absences shall be considered truant and fall under the rules of the Truancy Section within the Discipline Policy.
4. All unexcused absences shall constitute a zero (0) for all work in classes missed.
5. Administration may determine if absence is excused or unexcused.
At all times, parents of students who are absent without a valid excuse (as mentioned above) are immediately and automatically called on the day of the student’s absence notifying them of their child’s absence.
C. Early Dismissal:
1. A student must bring an early dismissal written request authorized and signed by the parent to the office before 8:15 am THE DAY the early dismissal is requested. All such requests will be verified by the office before dismissal. The parent must pick up and sign out the student in the office. No student will be permitted to leave the school without being picked up by a parent or guardian.
It is the student’s responsibility to be at school and in class on time. Students who are late for school must report to the Office before reporting to class. If a student is going to arrive at school after 8:00 am, a parent must call the Office stating the reason for tardiness. This call, however, does not automatically excuse the lateness. Excused lateness will only be granted in cases of emergencies. Car problems or traffic are NOT viewed as emergencies. Students are to be present in the classroom when the bell rings to start class. Tardy students will not be admitted into the classroom without a tardy slip from the Office. Students, who arrive between 8:00 and 8:15, will not be able to attend the first period. Students who arrive after 8:15 are referred to Administration, at which point the parents are contacted and the student is not allowed to attend school for that day.
Unexecused tadies are dealt as follows :
v First ;Verbal warning
v Second tardiest; signing a written warning.
v Third tardiest; Detention.
Please note that for any class work, quiz or exam taken during that day, the student will receive a zero, as it will be considered an unexcused absence.
It is the student’s responsibility to get the work he/she has missed during any excused absence.
Talaee Al-Noor International School realizes that a clearly defined and articulate curriculum, with established objectives and goals, is intrinsic in the accomplishment of the school’s mission. The main objective of any good curriculum is to further the student’s growth, understanding and knowledge in ways that contribute positively to the student’s ways of thinking, perspectives, attitudes and overall skills. Necessarily, an all-inclusive curriculum would then have to include what is to be learned and why, what methods of teaching and materials will be utilized to best reach the desired learning levels and an assessment strategy or strategies to know if, when and to what degree the required learning has taken place. As such, there has to be regular curriculum review and revision to ensure the correct progression of the curricular framework, an established staff development plan to assist teachers in learning the correct instructional methodologies in reaching the objectives set by the curriculum and lastly, an aligned assessment system to determine the success of achieving these objectives. To date, and as the curriculum of the school has been revamped from a text-book driven curriculum to one that is standard-based (with benchmarks), no formal policy of curriculum revision has been put into place, although the Heads of Departments have already checked their departments’ individual curriculum twice during the academic year 2013-2014and have made amendments accordingly. These amendments have initiated a need to purchase more resources to help accommodate the minor changes made.
Talaee Al-Noor International School’s curriculum is standards-based (with benchmarks) and it is according to Common Core Standards. It is set up to ensure that every student is provided a specified and balanced program that gives him/her a complete education. The curriculum advances the total development of the student, be it intellectually, culturally, mentally or physically, all within the norms and values of the Egyptian society that comply with the Ministry of Education’s requirements. All topics (i.e. syllabus / curriculum) covered within all the subjects given to students have to comply with the Ministry of Education’s requirements and must meet their approval. The curriculum also should prepare the student for his/her future life, i.e. further educational levels (such as undergraduate and graduate studies), as well as arming the student with basic guidelines and knowledge needed to succeed. The curriculum should also prepare the students for such exams as the SAT I, SAT II and TOEFL, which will be required for their further educational experience.
To provide each student in school with a general and complete education in terms of general guidelines as to what students should know and be able to do (standards), a general curricular framework of core subject areas, specifically English language, science, mathematics, history-social studies, social sciences, foreign language, fine arts (art and music) and physical education was established after careful research, advice received from various educational consultants and checking with other accredited and leading American-curriculum teaching schools in Egypt. Concurrently, Arabic and religion is given to all Egyptian students, in addition to social studies in Arabic and Civics for 12th graders. The curriculum framework is based on what K-12 students are expected to learn. The curriculum does not specify a daily or weekly outline for teachers to follow, nor is it textbook-driven. On the other hand, it simply lays the foundation for what students are expected to learn in terms of skills and general knowledge within each subject area. Whereas the Heads of Departments have developed individual standards and benchmarks for each core subject area, each and every curriculum established includes basic, common concepts such as critical thinking and understanding, problem-solving techniques based on theoretical and real-life problems, conceptual understanding and meaning orientation rather than rote memorization, teaching across the curriculum, and hands-on learning which helps students make connections to their own experiences thus promoting an advanced level of understanding.
Each Head of Department ensures that the curriculum for that learning area is developed and successively linked in all grade levels in such a way that enables the students to understand the progression, the coherence and the link between the topics taken in the different grade levels within that learning area, in addition to the link between all the different learning areas that are taught. To achieve this goal, all Heads of Departments ensure that:
* Each curriculum area has clearly defined objectives and aims
* There are regular meetings between the Heads of Departments and the teachers to ensure the correct progression within the learning area and if needed, to discuss the best way to perform and fix a problem when there is one.
* There is a global view of teaching, which entails constantly checking the student’s progression of knowledge and applying an evaluation of this progression between the different levels of the school (elementary, middle and high school).
Talaee Al-Noor International School is aware that the way and the place the students are taught is an important matter. In order for the students to be in the best position to learn, the teachers should, through the curricula:
Provide the students with a safe and nurturing environment:, both physically and psychologically.
Build and maintain a good relationship with the students, in a way that will help them have a positive image of themselves, feel self-confident and have good self-esteem.
The main aim of Talaee Al-NoorInternational School’s education is to bring each student to the best level of knowledge they can reach. To achieve that, it is understood that each learning area must emphasize basic skills, such as listening, writing and reading skills, ability to apply and integrate technology across the curricula, communicate clearly both through speech and writing, be able to apply analytic and creative thinking skills, and having the ability to research, discern and record information from various sources.
Students expect to attend classes in a well-ordered atmosphere conducive to learning. This implies a clean, healthy surrounding in an environment of academic concern. Regulations are developed and intended as a means of insuring order, safety and an environment in which teaching and learning can take place. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on mutual respect and trust. Students are required to show respect to teachers, staff members, visitors and each other. In addition, property, whether it is school property or another student’s property, must be treated respectfully. We require all students to follow the rules and regulations which are intended to provide an atmosphere at Talaee Al-NoorInternational School conducive to learning and the maintenance of good order. These rules exist for the personal well-being of all the students and the efficient operation of all school programs. All students are required to observe and follow these rules and regulations; a violation may lead to suspension or dismissal from the school. At times it becomes necessary to supervise the student’s behavior and progress more closely, at which time the following is done: in the Elementary School, by using and sending home to the parents, the “Red Flag” report to highlight and communicate difficulties or problems that the student may be having; in the Middle and High School, by using the “Daily Academic/Discipline Sheet”. This sheet outlines the student’s daily progress whether academic or behavioral, by class period, where each class period teacher reports the progress of the student; at the end of the day, this Sheet is signed by the Head of Discipline, and sent home to have the parents sign, for acknowledgement.
Detention and Suspension:
Detention is given to any student who accumulates three unexcused tardies, in the sequence mentioned in the Tardiness section of the Student Handbook. Detention and suspension, whether in-school or out-of-school, will be enforced against students who violate the rules and regulations of the school, as determined by the nature of the offense. Such offenses include: truancy, disrespect, fighting, cutting class, dishonesty, using obscene or vulgar language, classroom disruption, defiance, bad conduct, bullying and harassment of fellow students, theft, and vandalism.
Plagiarism and other forms of cheating include
classmate’s paper, text messaging, or other forms of cheating;
2. Allowing a fellow student to copy work on a quiz, major test, homework or
writing assignment including a research or other major paper;
3. Copying someone else’s work and claiming it as one’s own on any
4. Using deceitful practices to improve a grade,
5. Falsifying data on a research paper or for a presentation,
6. Resubmitting old work for new credit,
7. Turning in the same assignment to multiple teachers,
8. Reporting on books not read,
9. Printing from a book without referring to the writer,
10. Taking internet or computer print-outs with no reference.
The penalty for committing plagiarism and/or engaging in other forms of cheating is an F (for points 1 – 6) grade for the work/test with no make-up of the work, and parent/guardian contact whether it is on a major exam or assignment or using deceitful practices to improve a grade.
Students must complete their regular homework assignments. Parents must sign in the homework diary for students’ completion of homework.
1- Homework handled complete and in time receives (10).
2- One-day-late homework receives (9).
3- Two-day-late homework receives (8)
4- Three-day-late homework receives (6)
5- Four-day-late homework receives (4) accompanied by acceptable excuse.
6- Homework is unaccepted after 4 days lateness, and will consequently receive (Zero).
7- Incomplete homework will be given one day chance to be
1. Prior to their departure the students must assure to get their daily homework from the relevant subject teachers.
2. Next day the students have to allow for work to be corrected.
3. A parent has to do the follow-up for the student homework.
4. The administration checks the homework required by each teacher (to assure that the items given in all subjects suit the student’s capabilities).
5. A student’s assignments and projects will be reviewed by the teacher
in concern and returned to the student.
1. If a student is ill and unable to attend class for more than a week, he/she may be assigned to the Home Hospital Program.
2. The school doctor’s note recommending hospitalizing the student for a specified time is required to accept him/her into the program.
3. The note must include the condition and estimated period of absence and
should be approved by an official Health Department.
4. If the student’s case does not allow him/her to attend the exams, an assigned staff member will take the mission and visit the student in his hospital room to allow him/her to do the exam (after physician’s approval).
5. Or he/she can be marked absent and grades are awarded on the whole years performance (junior grades only)
6. One day is assigned for make-up exam for any missed assessments and exams.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICIES
Information about the school is provided in the school prospectus including student attendance and achievement, class size, rooms, teachers, academic efforts, textbooks, curriculum, and school facilities. Copies are available through the principal’s office and the registrar.
A) SCHOOL UNIFORM
B) DRESS STANDARDS
1. Clean clothing to promote healthy, sanitary condition.
2. Clothing that fits, no tugging or adjusting needed
3. Clothing that is appropriate for the educational activity so as not to endanger students’ health, safety or welfare.
1. Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to modify their attire to fit the Dress Code of the school, to put on a special T-shirt, or request a change of clothing from home.
2. Gang-related apparel: bandanas, belts, suspenders, jewelry, hats, or other clothing that by its color, arrangement, trademark, or symbol denotes membership in a gang activities.
3. Hats, caps, head wraps, scarves, bandanas, or other head apparel during the school day, unless that a school’s academic class uniform or part of a student’s customary religious attire.
4. Short shorts, very short skirts .
5. Garments that reveal unusually large amounts of bare skin or Underclothing Repeat offenders will be subject to disciplinary measures.
E) PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT SCHOOL
F) VISITORS TO CAMPUS
G) UNRETURNED OR DAMAGED TEXTBOOKS OR EQUIPMENT
1. All extra and co-curricular activities, i.e., sports, band, drama,
2. Grad Trip, Prom, Senior Parents Night, Graduation ceremony, etc.
3. Student government offices
4. Student talent shows
H) SKATEBOARDS/ROLLER BLADES/BICYCLES/ROLLER SHOES
Skateboards, roller blades, roller shoes, bicycles or other alternative forms of transportation are prohibited from use on campus at all times.
Skateboards, roller blades, and roller shoes must be stored during school hours.
1. A non-discrimination policy is applied on all the staff who belong to several nationalities.
4. The Governing Body/staff relationship is based on extreme respect and full understanding. The school’s atmosphere is clearly quiet, cooperative and stable.
RULES VIOLATIONS / DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
The following are considered serious violations that make the student liable for suspension or immediate dismissal:
Students caught in the possession of, taking, buying or selling, or distributing alcoholic beverages or any non-prescription or hallucinogenic drugs at school, on the school bus or bus stops or at any school event or during any other time or place that the student is under the administrative jurisdiction of the school whether on or off the school grounds are liable both to legal consequences and expulsion from school. The possession of a weapon or use of anything that might be considered a weapon is also grounds for legal actions and expulsion.
Smoking or Carrying Cigarettes:
Any student caught smoking or carrying cigarettes at school, on the school bus or bus stops or at any school event or during any other time or place that the student is under the administrative jurisdiction of the school whether on or off the school grounds, is liable to immediate suspension.
Fighting is not tolerated at Talaee Al-NoorInternatinal School. Not only is fighting a safety hazard to students and staff, but fights often cause other disruptions in the student body as well. Every effort will be made to isolate the involved students, contact their parents and expedite the disciplinary action. The students involved will be subject to suspension and any other disciplinary action seen necessary by the Administration.
Misbehavior, Bad Conduct and Disrespect:
The student’s refusal to obey rules and regulations, talking back to teachers and staff, rude behavior, making indecent facial and body expressions, making threats, use of offensive language and excessive sarcasm, raising his/her voice are all unacceptable at Talaee Al-Noor International School and will result in suspension. After the end of the suspension period, the student will be asked to have the Daily Academic/Discipline Sheet signed by each period’s teacher, which will be also then signed by both the Head of Discipline and the parent/guardian. After 5 school days, a student may appeal to the school’s administration to have his/her case reviewed. It will be up to Administration to review the student’s disciplinary position to see if significant progress has been made to warrant the discontinuation of the Daily Academic/Discipline Sheet.
Students found cheating will receive an automatic zero and have the assessment sent home to be signed by a parent. A note will be entered into their file. Falsifying a parent’s signature or altering a grade is dishonest. Copying another student’s homework or cheating on quizzes and exams is not permitted and all students involved will receive a zero.
Truancy and Cutting Class:
Truancy is defined as student absence from school unauthorized by the parent or legal guardian (this includes forged notes). An unauthorized absence from class (or cutting class) is skipping class without teacher permission. Attendance is taken each period and is reported to the Office. The student will be given in-school suspension and the student will be asked to have the Daily Academic/Discipline Sheet signed by each period’s teacher, which will be also then signed by both the Head of Discipline and the parent/guardian.
Vandalism and Graffiti:
Most students appreciate and respect the school efforts in keeping the school functional, clean and well cared for. Vandalism includes defacing, destroying and/or moving school property, including buses. Those responsible for vandalism and graffiti may be placed on a work assignment and/or pay for the damage caused. Vandalism is considered a serious offense and can result in immediate suspension
Acts of theft consist of taking, helping in taking, or in any way participating in receiving materials belonging to someone else without that person’s permission or consent (this includes school books). Talaee Al-Noor International School has the right to search lockers assigned to students and their personal belongings at any time. A student charged with theft will be suspended and may be recommended for expulsion.
Bullying, Harassment of Fellow Students:
Bullying and harassment of students is totally unacceptable at Talaee Al-Noor International School Senior students are considered role models and are expected to set a good example. No student has the right to bully or harass another student, and any activity designed to intimidate, embarrass or isolate other students is strictly forbidden.
Inappropriate Public Display of Affection:
It is important for students to demonstrate a correct attitude and good behavior regarding interpersonal relationships acceptable to people of various ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. Public displays of affection on campus, on school transportation and at school-sponsored activities are not acceptable.
Electronic Devices, etc. :
In an effort to provide a proper academic environment at Talaee Al-Noor International School electronic devices are not permitted on the school campus or during school hours. In addition, if the following items are used during school hours, they will be immediately confiscated: beepers, wallets with chains, permanent markers, balloons, skateboards, radios, laser pointers, video game cartridges, cellular phones, cameras, electronic pets and other toys, stink bombs, shaving foam, pepper spray, mace, animals and cards of any type. With regards to CD and cassette players, these are permitted only during breaks, and only if they are used with earphones. If they are used otherwise or if they cause a disturbance of any kind, they also will be confiscated.
Food and Drink:
Food and drinks are not allowed beyond the school yard. They are not permitted in the hallways or in the classrooms. GUM CHEWING IS NEVER ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PREMISES AND IS NOT PERMITTED DURING SCHOOL HOURS AND AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. Students are requested to throw their gum into the trash containers before entering the school building.